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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2012

Indianola Partners for Blazing Connections in Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indianola-partners-blazing-connections-iowa

We have covered developments in the town of Indianola, Iowa, where the community decided to build their own network in 1998. The original purpose for investment was to use the network to enhance public safety and increase efficiency with SCADA applications. In 2005, however, the network began offering telecommunications services to local businesses. As of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2012

Even Superstorm Sandy Couldn’t Stop the Mailman

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/superstorm-sandy-stop-mailman/

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds.” Bill Fletcher Jr. of the Institute for Policy Studies tells of how he was reminded of that covenant when in the middle of superstorm Sandy he saw a postal van traveling on his street. And he reminded us that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2012

MI-Connection Embraces New Strategies, Increases Speeds for Free

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mi-connection-embraces-new-strategies-increases-speeds-free

MI-Connection, the North Carolina community-owned network serving Davidson, Cornelius, and Mooresville, is upgrading network speeds and unveiling a new marketing campaign. MI-Connection was formed when a few towns north of Charlotte purchased the old, dilapidated Adelphia cable network out of bankruptcy and began rehabbing it. According to David Boraks of the DavidsonNews.net: The company on… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2012

Community Networks and Economic Development Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-and-economic-development-fact-sheet/

The new Fact Sheet highlights examples of job creation tied to community owned networks. ILSR continually encounters and collects data on economic development spurred by community networks. As demand for more capacity, better reliability and reasonable affordability continues to rise, commercial customers need options. This new economic development fact sheet documents only a few of… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2012

ILSR Releases New Community Network and Economic Development Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-and-economic-development-fact-sheet-2/

The new Fact Sheet highlights examples of job creation tied to community owned networks. ILSR continually encounters and collects data on economic development spurred by community networks. As demand for more capacity, better reliability and reasonable affordability continues to rise, commercial customers need options. This new economic development fact sheet documents only a few of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2012

On the Media Devotes Segment to Municipal Broadband Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-devotes-segment-municipal-broadband-networks

You may recall that we reported on Johnston’s last book, The Fine Print: How big companies use plain english to rob you blind. In this short interview from On the Media called “America’s Lagging Internet,” Johnston and Gladstone touch on how gigantic corporate interests and their political affiliates try to put a stop to municipal… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2012

Next Organics Task Force Meeting, November 16, 2012

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/national-capital-region-master-composter-program-development/

The National Capital Region Organics Task Force – co-chaired by ILSR – is hosting its next meeting on November 16, 2012, from 10a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Since hearing from model Master Composter programs at the last Task Force meeting on September 24, the group has developed a subcommittee (i.e…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 20 – Amalia Deloney

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-20-amalia-deloney

Amalia Deloney (follow on Twitter) joins us for our 20th Community Broadband Bits podcast to discuss how her work with the Media Action Grassroots Network and the Center for Media Justice overlaps with our focus on community broadband networks. We talk about the digital divide, particularly in relation to the attempted merger between AT&T and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2012

Burlington Telecom Announces a Gig and Computer Repair Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/burlington-telecom-announces-gig-and-computer-repair-services

We have covered happenings at Burlington Telecom, both positive and negative, extensively. We are glad to report some interesting new developments of this Vermont municipal network. BT is rolling out faster connections and using its competitive advantage in customer service to offer some computer repair services. Joel Banner Baird at the Burlington Free Press reported: Without… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2012

Initial Comcast Response to Sandy As Bad as Can Be Expected

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/initial-comcast-response-sandy-bad-can-be-expected

We recently came across a post by Seth Clifford, a blogger whose parents’ house in New Jersey was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and is still in danger. In this time of climate change, when humans no longer know waht to expect from Mother Earth, it can be comforting to have a few solid truths on… Continue reading